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Consumed by Basketball?

Are you enjoying March Madness? Want to find a novel that centers on basketball? Check out our list below!

TrueLegendTrue Legend by Mike Lupica

YA LUPICA, M.

Fifteen-year-old Drew “True” Robinson loves being the best point-guard prospect in high school basketball, but learns the consequences of fame through a former player, as well as through the man who expects to be his manager when True reaches the NBA.

 

SwaggerSwagger by Carl Deuker

YA DEUKER, C.

High school senior point guard Jonas Dolan is on the fast track to a basketball career until an unthinkable choice puts his future on the line.

 

PickUpGameThe Pick-Up Game: a full day of full court edited by Marc Aronson and Charles R. Smith Jr.

YA SS PICK-UP

A series of short stories by such authors as Walter Dean Myers, Rita Williams-Garcia, and Joseph Bruchac, interspersed with poems and photographs, provides different perspectives on a game of streetball played one steamy July day at the West 4th Street court in New York City known as The Cage.

 

ThrowingStonesThrowing Stones by Kristi Collier

YA COLLIER, K.

In 1923, in Pierre, Indiana, fourteen-year-old Andy realizes a dream when he makes the high school basketball team, but when an accident keeps him from playing, he ventures into journalism and begins to understand the meaning of sportsmanship.

 

BoxOutBox Out by John Coy

YA COY, J.

High school sophomore Liam jeopardizes his new position on the varsity basketball team when he decides to take a stand against his coach who is leading prayers before games and enforcing teamwide participation.

DoubleExposureDouble Exposure by Bridget Birdsall

YA BIRDSALL, B.

Fifteen-year-old Alyx Atlas starts school in a new state with a new identity–as a girl in Milwaukee–but a bully on the basketball court threatens to reveal that Alyx is an intersex person, which could disqualify Alyx and the team from playing in the state championship game.

 

BoostBoost by Kathryn Mackel

YA MACKEL, K.

Thirteen-year-old Savvy Christopher is 6’2″ and a talented basketball player; her big sis, Callie, is a cheerleader. When an injury ruins their dad’s golf career, the family moves from their swanky New Mexico home to an aunt’s sheep farm in Rhode Island. Savvy is thrilled when she makes the exclusive 18-and-under basketball team The Fire; getting to play on a great travel team makes up for having to share a room with Callie, being teased about her height, and having to work on the sheep farm. But when steroids are found in Savvy’s gym bag, she’ll have to fight for her spot on the team.

 

SlamSlam! by Walter Dean Myers

YA MYERS, W.

Seventeen-year-old “Slam” Harris is counting on his basketball talents to get him out of the inner city and give him a chance to succeed in life, but his coach sees things differently.

 

 

EdenvilleOwlsEdenville Owls by Robert B. Parker

YA PARKER, R.

Fourteen-year-old Bobby, living in a small Massachusetts town just after World War II, finds himself facing many new challenges as he tries to pull together his coachless basketball team, cope with new feelings for his old friend Joanie, and discover the identity of the mysterious stranger who seems to be threatening his teacher.

 

 

BallDontLieBall Don’t Lie by Matt de la Peña

YA PENA, M.

Seventeen-year-old Sticky lives for basketball and plays at school and at the Lincoln Rec Center in Los Angeles but he is unaware of the many dangers–including his own past–that threaten his dream of playing professionally.

 

 

Boy21Boy21 by Matthew Quick

YA QUICK, M.

Finley, an unnaturally quiet boy who is the only white player on his high school’s varsity basketball team, lives in a dismal Pennsylvania town that is ruled by the Irish mob, and when his coach asks him to mentor a troubled African American student who has transferred there from an elite private school in California, he finds that they have a lot in common in spite of their apparent differences.

 

 

FinalFourThe Final Four by Paul Volponi

YA VOLPONI, P.

Four players at the Final Four of the NCAA basketball tournament struggle with the pressures of tournament play and the expectations of society at large.

 

LearningtheGameLearning the Game by Kevin Waltman

YA WALTMAN, K.

When he and his high-school basketball teammates steal from a fraternity house in their small Indiana town, Nate contends with his guilt, his loyalty to his friends, and his desire to help his older brother who comes under suspicion for the crime.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 23, 2015 Categories: Drama, Fiction, Guys Reads, High School, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Realistic Fiction

Teen Novels Set in Chicago

CarnivalAtBrayThe Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

YA FOLEY, J.

It’s 1993, and Generation X pulses to the beat of Kurt Cobain and the grunge movement. Sixteen-year-old Maggie Lynch is uprooted from big-city Chicago to a windswept town on the Irish Sea. Surviving on care packages of Spin magazine and Twizzlers from her rocker uncle Kevin, she wonders if she’ll ever find her place in this new world. When first love and sudden death simultaneously strike, a naive but determined Maggie embarks on a forbidden pilgrimage that will take her to a seedy part of Dublin and on to a life-altering night in Rome to fulfill a dying wish. Through it all, Maggie discovers an untapped inner strength to do the most difficult but rewarding thing of all– live.

off yearAn Off Year by Claire Zulkey

YA ZULKEY, C.

Upon arriving at her dorm room, eighteen-year-old Cecily decides to postpone her freshman year of college and return to her Chicago home, where she spends a year pondering what went wrong while forging new relationships with family and friends.

esspressologistThe Espressologist by Kristina Springer

YA SPRINGER, K.

While working part-time as a barista in a Chicago coffee bar, high school senior Jane dabbles in matchmaking after observing the coffee preferences of her customers.

comebackseasonThe Comeback Season by Jennifer E. Smith

YA SMITH, J.

High school freshman Ryan Walsh, a Chicago Cubs fan, meets Nick when they both skip school on opening day, and their blossoming relationship becomes difficult for Ryan when she discovers that Nick is seriously ill and she again feels the pain of losing her father five years earlier.

rock and the riverThe Rock and the River by Kekla Magoon

YA MAGOON, K.

It’s 1968, and Chicago teen Sam is torn. He’s always looked up to his father, a civil rights leader dedicated to nonviolence. His older brother Stick, however, has left home to join the revolutionary Black Panther Party. At first Sam is skeptical of the Panthers’ militant approach to ending racial injustice, but after one of his friends is brutally beaten by the police, Sam starts to question his father’s nonviolent beliefs.

virtuosityVirtuosity by Jessica Martinez

YA MARTINEZ, J.

Just before the most important violin competition of her career, seventeen-year-old prodigy Carmen faces critical decisions about her anti-anxiety drug addiction, her controlling mother, and a potential romance with her most talented rival.

CharlysEpicFiascosCharly’s Epic Fiascos by Kelli London

YA LONDON, K.

Sixteen-year-old aspiring actress Charly St. James, who works as a waitress to help support her dysfunctional mother and younger sister, leaves a Chicago suburb for New York to live with her aunt and audition for a reality television show.

art of secretsThe Art of Secrets by James Klise

YA KLISE, J.

When some quirky art donated to a school fundraising effort to help a Pakistani American family, victims of a possible hate crime, is revealed to be an unknown work by a famous outsider artist, worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, adults and teenagers alike debate who should get the money and begin to question each other’s motivations.

world awayA World Away by Nancy Grossman

YA GROSSMAN, N.

Sixteen-year-old Eliza, an Amish girl, goes to work for an “English” family as a nanny to two young children in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois, and must then choose between two entirely different ways of life.

WillGraysonWill Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green
YA GREEN, J.

When two teens, one gay and one straight, meet accidentally and discover that they share the same name, their lives become intertwined as one begins dating the other’s best friend, who produces a play revealing his relationship with them both.

LoveLikeaDogLove Like a Dog by Anne Calcagno

YA CALCAGNO, A.

Set in contemporary Chicago, it is the harrowing story of Dirk, a young motherless man desperate for his self-centered father’s approval. A rescued pit bull alters their lives irrevocably, embroiling them in the terrible misuses to which the breed is prey. As Dirk’s father grows increasingly entangled in criminal activity, Dirk must quickly come to terms with a series of legal and moral crises and determine for himself what it truly means to be a man.

ColdFuryCold Fury by T. M. Goeglein

YA GOEGLEIN, T.

Sixteen-year-old Chicago preparatory school student Sara Jane Rispoli must unravel a web of complex mysteries after her family goes missing and she is pursued by unknown enemies.

SadStoriesSad Stories of the Death of Kings by Barry Gifford

YA GIFFORD, B.

Collects stories centering on a boy named Roy and the people he encounters growing up without a father in postwar Chicago.

angelinmypocketAn Angel in My Pocket by Ilene Cooper

YA COOPER, I.

When seventh-grader Bette finds an angel coin she puts it in her pocket and forgets it but soon the mysterious and kind Gabby moves into her building and helps her face her major losses, and then the coin connects her with three classmates who all find new ways to believe in themselves.

PullPull by B. A. Binns

YA BINNS, B.

After his father kills his mother, seventeen-year-old David struggles to take care of his two sisters–and himself–while dealing with his grief, guilt, and trying to fit in at a tough new school while hiding his past.

StoreBoughtBabyStore-Bought Baby by Sandra Belton

YA BELTON, S.

The death of Leah’s beloved older brother, and her parents’ reactions to the tragedy, raise questions for Leah about the meaning of family and about her place in her own.

CatGirlsDayOffCat Girl’s Day Off by Kimberly Pauley

YA PAULEY, K.

High schooler Natalie Ng has always kept secret her talent for talking with cats, but when she learns– from a cat– that a celebrity has been replace by an imposter, she and her friends investigate, becoming movie extras to get the scoop.

permanent recordPermanent Record by Leslie Stella

YA STELLA, L.

Being yourself can be such a bad idea. For sixteen-year-old Badi Hessamizadeh, life is a series of humiliations. After withdrawing from public school under mysterious circumstances, Badi enters Magnificat Academy. To make things “easier,” his dad has even given him a new name: Bud Hess. Grappling with his Iranian-American identity, clinical depression, bullying, and a barely bottled rage, Bud is an outcast who copes by resorting to small revenges and covert acts of defiance, but the pressures of his home life, plummeting grades, and the unrequited affection of his new friend, Nikki, prime him for a more dangerous revolution. Strange letters to the editor begin to appear in Magnificat’s newspaper, hinting that some tragedy will befall the school. Suspicion falls on Bud, and he and Nikki struggle to uncover the real culprit and clear Bud’s name.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on March 12, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Historical Fiction, Multicultural, Realistic Fiction, Romance

Winter Blahs Got You Down?

Pick up one of this action-packed novels to get your heart racing again!

tomorrowwhenwarbeganTomorrow When the War Began by John Marsden

YA MARSDEN, J.

When Ellie and her friends go camping, they have no idea they’re leaving their old lives behind forever. Despite a less-than-tragic food shortage and a secret crush or two, everything goes as planned. But a week later, they return home to find their houses empty and their pets starving. Something has gone wrong–horribly wrong. Before long, they realize the country has been invaded, and the entire town has been captured–including their families and all their friends. Ellie and the other survivors face an impossible decision: They can flee for the mountains or surrender. Or they can fight.

ThereWillBBearsThere Will Be Bears by Ryan Gebhart

YA GEBHART, R.

Thirteen-year-old Tyson sneaks off with his roughneck, but ill, grandpa to go on his first elk hunt, amid reports of a stalking man-eating grizzly.

ScorpioRacesAudioThe Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

YA STIEFVATER, M.

Nineteen-year-old returning champion Sean Kendrick competes against Puck Connolly, the first girl ever to ride in the annual Scorpio Races, both trying to keep hold of their dangerous water horses long enough to make it to the finish line.

Monument14Monument 14 by Emmy Laybourne

YA LAYBOURNE, E.

Trapped inside a chain superstore by an apocalyptic sequence of natural and human disasters, six high school kids from various popular and unpopular social groups struggle for survival while protecting a group of younger children.

Reluctant AssassinThe Reluctant Assassin by Eoin Colfer

YA COLFER, E.

In Victorian London, Albert Garrick, an assassin-for-hire, and his reluctant young apprentice, Riley, are transported via wormhole to modern London, where Riley teams up with a young FBI agent to stop Garrick from returning to his own time and using his newly acquired scientific knowledge and power to change the world forever.

Death CloudDeath Cloud by Andrew Lane

YA MY LANE, A.

In 1868, with his army officer father suddenly posted to India, and his mother mysteriously “unwell,” fourteen-year-old Sherlock Holmes is sent to stay with his eccentric uncle and aunt in their vast house in Hampshire, where he uncovers his first murder and a diabolical villain.

peakPeak by Roland Smith

YA SMITH, R.

A fourteen-year-old boy attempts to be the youngest person to reach the top of Mount Everest.

I am Number FourI am Number Four by Pittacus Lore

YA SF LORE, P.

In rural Ohio, friendships and a beautiful girl prove distracting to a fifteen-year-old who has hidden on Earth for ten years waiting to develop the Legacies, or powers, he will need to rejoin the other six surviving Garde members and fight the Mogadorians who destroyed their planet, Lorien.

Angel ExperimentThe Angel Experiment by James Patterson

YA PATTERSON, J.

After the mutant Erasers abduct the youngest member of their group, the “bird kids,” who are the result of genetic experimentation, take off in pursuit and find themselves struggling to understand their own origins and purpose.

StormbreakerStormbreaker by Anthony Horowitz

YA HOROWITZ, A.

After the death of the uncle who had been his guardian, fourteen-year-old Alex Rider is coerced to continue his uncle’s dangerous work for Britain’s intelligence agency, MI6.

RunnerRunner by Carl Deuker

YA DEUKER, C.

Living with his alcoholic father on a broken-down sailboat on Puget Sound has been hard on seventeen-year-old Chance Taylor, but when his love of running leads to a high-paying job, he quickly learns that the money is not worth the risk.

heistsocietyHeist Society by Ally Carter

YA CARTER, A.

A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop’s father, himself an international art thief, from a vengeful collector.

AshfallAshfall by Mike Mullin

YA SF MULLIN, M

After the eruption of the Yellowstone supervolcano destroys his city and its surroundings, fifteen-year-old Alex must journey from Cedar Falls, Iowa, to Illinois to find his parents and sister, trying to survive in a transformed landscape and a new society in which all the old rules of living have vanished.

readyplayeroneReady Player One by Ernest Cline

YA CLINE, E.

In the year 2044, reality is an ugly place. The only time teenage Wade Watts really feels alive is when he’s jacked into the virtual utopia known as the Oasis. Wade’s devoted his life to studying the puzzles hidden within this world’s digital confines – puzzles that are based on their creator’s obsession with the pop culture of decades past and that promise massive power and fortune to whoever can unlock them. But when Wade stumbles upon the first clue, he finds himself beset by players willing to kill to take this ultimate prize. The race is on, and if Wade’s going to survive, he’ll have to win – and confront the real world he’s always been so desperate to escape.

jackabyJackaby by William Ritter

YA MY RITTER, W.

Newly arrived in 1892 New England, Abigail Rook becomes assistant to R.F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with the ability to see supernatural beings, and she helps him delve into a case of serial murder which, Jackaby is convinced, is due to a nonhuman creature.

100The 100 by Kass Morgan

YA SF MORGAN, K.

When 100 juvenile delinquents are sent on a mission to recolonize Earth, they get a second chance at freedom, friendship, and love, as they fight to survive in a dangerous new world.

etiquette espionageEtiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

YA CARRIGER, G.

In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

SteelheartSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson

YA SF SANDERSON, B.

At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners–the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.

5th WaveThe 5th Wave by Rick Yancey

YA SF YANCEY, R.

Cassie Sullivan, the survivor of an alien invasion, must rescue her young brother from the enemy with help from a boy who may be one of them.

TestingThe Testing by Joelle Charbonneau

YA SF CHARBONNEAU, J.

Sixteen-year-old Malencia (Cia) Vale is chosen to participate in The Testing to attend the University; however, Cia is fearful when she figures out her friends who do not pass The Testing are disappearing.

BZRKBZRK by Michael Grant 

YA SF GRANT, M.

In the near future, the conjoined Armstrong twins, under the guise of the Armstrong Fancy Gifts Corporation, plot to create their own version of utopia using nanobots, while a guerilla group known as BZRK develops a DNA-based biot that can stop bots, but at risk of the host’s brain.

 

Award Winning Teen Books!

Yesterday morning the Youth Media Awards were held at the American Library’s Association’s Midwinter Conference.  These awards are held annually and recognize some of the best books written for the year for kids and teens.  Check out the recording of the awards ceremony and then take a look at the winning Teen books below!

The Michael L. Printz Award

Given for excellence in literature written for young adults.

Winner:

IllGiveYouSun

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

Four Printz Honor Books also were named:

AndWeStayCarnivalAtBraygrasshopper jungleThisOneSummer

And We Stay by Jenny Hubbard

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

This One Summer by Mariko Tamaki, illustrated by Jillian Tamaki

This One Summer also was named a Caldecott Honor Book: the Randolph Caldecott Medal is for the most distinguished American picture book for children.

 

William C. Morris Award

Given for a debut book published by a first-time author writing for teens.

Winner:

Gabi

Gabi, a Girl in Pieces by Isabel Quintero

Four other books were finalists for the award:

CarnivalAtBrayStoryofOwenscarboysstrangebeautifulsorrows

The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley

The Story of Owen: Dragon Slayer of Trondheim by E.K. Johnston

The Scar Boys by Len Vlahos

The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton

 

YALSA Award for Excellence in Nonfiction for Young Adults

Winner:

Popular

Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek by Maya Van Wagenen

Four other books were finalists for the award:

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Laughing at My Nightmare by Shane Burcaw

The Family Romanov: Murder, Rebellion & the Fall of Imperial Russia by Candace Fleming

The Family Romanov was also named a Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book, for most distinguished informational book for children and teens:

Ida M. Tarbell: The Woman Who Challenged Big Business—and Won! by Emily Arnold McCully

The Port Chicago 50: Disaster, Mutiny, and the Fight for Civil Rights by Steve Sheinkin

 

2015 list of Best Fiction for Young Adults (BFYA)

These books, recommended for ages 12-18, meet the criteria of both quality literature and appeal to teens, while comprising a wide range of genres, styles and subjects. Click here to find the full list!

Top Ten list from the final selections:

crossoverCarnivalAtBrayvangoStoryofOwenGospel of WinterWeWereLiarsYoungElitesIllGiveYouSunjackabyNoggin

The Crossover by Kwame Alexander
The Carnival at Bray by Jessie Ann Foley
Vango by Timothee de Fombelle
The Story of Owen Dragonslayer of Trondheim by  E.K. Johnston
The Gospel of Winter by Brendan Kiely
We Were Liars by e. lockhart
The Young Elites by Marie Lu
I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
Jackaby by William Ritter
Noggin by John Corey Whaley

 

Coretta Scott King Honor Book:  The Coretta Scott Kind Book Award recognizes an African American author and illustrator of outstanding books for children and young adults:

HowitWentDown

How It Went Down by Kekla Magoon

 

John Steptoe New Talent Author Award: The John Steptoe New Talent Award recognizes new talent and is determined by the Coretta Scott King Task Force:

When I Was The Greatest

When I Was the Greatest written by Jason Reynolds

 

Schneider Family Book Award’s Teen Selection: for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience:

GirlsLikeUs

Girls Like Us by Gail Giles

 

Stonewall Honor Books:  given annually to English-language children’s and young adult books of exceptional merit relating to the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender experience:

BeyondMagentaIllGiveYouSun

Beyond Magenta: Transgender Teens Speak Out by Susan Kuklin

I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

 

Royal Reads

Enjoy reading novels about kings, queens, and the like?  Check out this list of teen novels that have royalty in their blood!

KingdomLittleWoundsThe Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susann Cokal

YA COKAL, S.

On the eve of Princess Sophia’s wedding the Scandinavian city of Skyggehavn prepares to fete the occasion with a sumptuous display of riches. Yet beneath the veneer of celebration, a shiver of darkness creeps through the palace halls. A mysterious illness plagues the royal family, threatening the lives of the throne’s heirs, and a courtier’s wolfish hunger for the king’s favors sets a devious plot in motion. In the palace at Skyggehave, things are seldom as they seem — and when a single errant prick of a needle sets off a series of events that will alter the course of history, the fates of seamstress Ava Bingen and mute nursemaid Midi Sorte become irrevocably intertwined.

ThroneGlassThrone of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

YA MAAS, S.

After she has served a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, Crown Prince Dorian offers eighteen-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien her freedom on the condition that she act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

princessforhirePrincess for Hire by Lindsey Leavitt

YA LEAVITT, L.

Desi Bascomb has been longing for a bit of glamour in her Idaho life. So when a flawlessly dressed woman steps out of an iridescent bubble and wants to know if Desi would like to become a substitute princess, Desi of course agrees. While being a substitute princess is harder than Desi thought, her determination to make a positive impact proves fruitful, in spite of one royal fiasco at a time.

SphinxsPrincessSphinx’s Princess by Esther Friesner

YA FRIESNER, E.

Although she is a dutiful daughter, Nefertiti’s dancing abilities, remarkable beauty, and intelligence garner attention near and far, so much so that her family is summoned to the Egyptian royal court, where Nefertiti becomes a pawn in the power play of her scheming aunt, Queen Tiye.

BriefHistoryMontmarayA Brief History of Montmaray by Michelle Cooper

YA COOPER, M.

On her sixteenth birthday in 1936, Sophia begins a diary of life in a fictional island country off the coast of Spain, where she is among the last descendants of an impoverished royal family trying to hold their nation together on the eve of the second World War.

alphabetofdreamsAlphabet of Dreams by Susan Fletcher

YA FLETCHER, S.

Fourteen-year-old Mitra, of royal Persian lineage, and her five-year-old brother Babak, whose dreams foretell the future, flee for their lives in the company of the magus Melchoir and two other Zoroastrian priests, traveling through Persia as they follow star signs leading to a newly-born king in Bethlehem.

kingofithakaKing of Ithaka by Tracy Barrett

YA BARRETT, T.

When sixteen-year-old Telemachos and his two best friends, one a centaur, leave their life of privilege to undertake a quest to find Telemachos’s father Odysseus, they learn much along the way about what it means to be a man and a king.

KingsroseThe King’s Rose by Alisa M. Libby

YA LIBBY, A.

Catharine Howard recounts the events in her life that led to her being groomed for marriage at the age of fifteen to King Henry VIII, her failure to produce an heir to the throne, and her quick execution.

palaceofspiesPalace of Spies by Sarah Zettel

YA ZETTEL, S.

In 1716 London, an orphaned sixteen-year-old girl from a good family impersonates a lady-in-waiting only to discover that the real girl was murdered, the court harbors a nest of spies, and the handsome young artist who is helping her solve the mystery might be a spy himself.

LadyMacBethsDaughterLady Macbeth’s Daughter by Lisa Klein

YA KLEIN, L.

In alternating chapters, ambitious Lady Macbeth tries to bear a son and win the throne of Scotland for her husband, and Albia, their daughter who was banished at birth and raised by three weird sisters, falls in love, learns of her parentage, and seeks to free Scotland from tyranny in this tale based on Shakespeare’s Macbeth.

cleopatrasmoonCleopatra’s Moon by Vicky Alvear Shecter

YA SHECTER, V.

Cleopatra Selene, the only surviving daughter of Cleopatra and Marc Antony, recalls her life of pomp and splendor in Egypt and, after her parents’ deaths, capitivity and treachery in Rome.

FalsePrinceThe False Prince by Jennifer A. Nielsen

YA NIELSEN, J.

In the country of Carthya, a devious nobleman engages four orphans in a brutal competition to be selected to impersonate the king’s long-missing son in an effort to avoid a civil war.

beautysdaughterBeauty’s Daughter: the story of Hermione and Helen of Troy by Carolyn Meyer

YA MEYER, C.

When renowned beauty Helen runs off to Troy with Prince Paris, her enraged husband, King Menelaus, starts the Trojan War, leaving their plain daughter, Hermione, alone to witness the deaths of heroes on both sides and longing to find her own love and place in the world. Includes historical notes.

falsepricnessThe False Princess by Eilis O’Neal

YA O’NEAL, E.

For sixteen years, Nalia has been raised as the princess of Thorvaldor, but one day she learns that her real name is Sinda and that she is part of a complicated plot that would change the future of her country forever.

FallingKingdomsFalling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

YA RHODES, M.

After centuries of peace, the three kingdoms of Mytica stand on the brink of war. As rulers struggle for power, the lives of their subjects are brutally transformed and four key players find their fates forever intertwined amidst betrayal, murder, secret alliances, and even unforseen love.

entwinedEntwined by Heather Dixon

YA DIXON, H.

Confined to their dreary castle while mourning their mother’s death, Princess Azalea and her eleven sisters join The Keeper, who’s trapped in a magic passageway, in a nightly dance that soon becomes nightmarish.

wisdomskissWisdom’s Kiss by Catherine Gilbert Murdock

YA MURDOCK, C.

Princess Wisdom yearns for a life of adventure beyond the kingdom of Montagne. She forms an uneasy alliance with Tips, a soldier keeping his true life secret from his family; Fortitude, an orphaned maid who longs for Tips; and Magic the cat as they try to save the kingdom from certain destruction. Told through diaries, memoirs, encyclopedia entries, letters, biographies, and a stage play.

rieseRiese by Greg Cox

YA SF COX, G.

When Princess Riese meets Micah, a mysterious wandering artist, she pretends to be a peasant for a chance at being a normal girl, while the clockwork Sect infiltrates the court and grows stronger.

ConfusionPrincesA Confusion of Princes by Garth Nix

YA SF NIX, G.

Battling aliens, space pirates, and competitors, Prince Khemri meets a young woman, named Raine, and learns more than he expected about the hidden workings of a vast, intergalactic Empire, and about himself.

summer princeThe Summer Prince by Alaya Dawn Johnson

YA SF JOHNSON, A.

In a Brazil of the distant future, June Costa falls in love with Enki, a fellow artist and rebel against the strict limits of the legendary pyramid city of Palmares Três’ matriarchal government, knowing that, like all Summer Kings before him, Enki is destined to die.

selectionThe Selection by Kiera Cass

YA KASS, K.

America Singer is chosen to compete in the Selection–a contest to see which girl can win the heart of Illea’s prince–but all she really wants is a chance for a future with her secret love, Aspen, who is a caste below her.

musiciansdaughterThe Musician’s Daughter by Susanne Dunlap

YA DUNLAP, S.

Amid the glamour of Prince Nicholas Esterhazy’s court in 18th-century Vienna, murder is afoot. Or so fifteen-year-old Theresa Maria is convinced when her musician father turns up dead on Christmas Eve, his valuable violin missing, and the only clue to his death a strange gold pendant around his neck. Then her father’s mentor, the acclaimed composer Franz Joseph Haydn, helps her through a difficult time by making her his copyist and giving her insight into her father’s secret life. It’s there that Theresa begins to uncover a trail of blackmail and extortion, even as she discovers honor, and the possibility of a first, tentative love. Thrumming with the weeping strains of violins, as well as danger and deception, this is an engrossing tale of murder, romance, and music that readers will find hard to forget.

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on January 15, 2015 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, Historical Fiction, Multicultural, Mystery, Romance

Fairytales Retold

Looking for an interesting spin on a classic fairytale?  Check out some of these novels in the Teen collection!

Alice in Wonderland

Alice in ZombielandLooking Glass WarsSplintered

Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter

The Looking Glass Wars by Frank Beddor

Splintered by A.G. Howard

Bluebeard

StrandsBronzeGold

Strands of Bronze and Gold by Jane Nickerson

Cinderella

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Ash by Malinda Lo

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Beauty and the Beast

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Beastly by Alex Flinn

Crazy Beautiful by Lauren Baratz-Logsted

Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hedge

 

The Frog Prince

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Cloaked by Alex Flinn

Enchanted by Althea Kontis

 

The Little Mermaid

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Fathomless by Jackson Pearce

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama

September Girls by Bennett Madison

 

Peter Pan

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Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson

Wendy by Karen Wallace

 

Rapunzel

Towering

Towering by Alex Flinn

 

Red Riding Hood

Sisters-Red

Sisters Red by Jackson Pearce

 

Robin Hood

Scarlet

Scarlet by A.C. Gaughen

 

Rumpelstiltskin

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A Curse as Dark as Gold by Elizabeth C. Bunce

 

Sleeping Beauty

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Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

The Kingdom of Little Wounds by Susan Cokal

A Kiss in Time by Alex Flinn

A Long, Long Sleep by Anna Sheehan

Princess of Thorns by Stacy Jay

 

Snow White

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Nameless by Lili St. Crow

Snow: A Retelling of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by Tracy Lynn

 

Snow White and Rose Red

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Tender Morsels by Margo Lanagan

 

The Twelve Dancing Princesses

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Entwined by Heather Dixon

 

Various Fairytales Retold

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Bewitching by Alex Flinn

Grim edited by Christine Johnson

The Grimm Legacy by Polly Shulman

The Poison Apples by Lily Archer

Rags & Bones: New Twists on Timeless Tales edited by Melissa Marr and Tim Pratt

Through the Woods by Emily Carroll

Twisted Fairy Tales: 20 Classic Stories With a Dark and Dangerous Heart by Maura McHugh and illustrated by Jane Laurie

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on December 18, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Drama, Dystopian, Fantasy, Fiction, GLBTQ, Historical Fiction, Horror, Romance, Science Fiction, Staff Pics, Supernatural/Paranormal, Zombies

What super natural power would you choose?

If you are a big fan of superheroes, check out some of these teen novels where the characters have super powers.  And then you can daydream about which super power you would choose!

SteelheartSteelheart by Brandon Sanderson

YA SF SANDERSON, B.

At age eight, David watched as his father was killed by an Epic, a human with superhuman powers, and now, ten years later, he joins the Reckoners–the only people who are trying to kill the Epics and end their tyranny.

VindicoThe Vindico by Wesley King

YA SF KING, W.

When supervillains of the Vindico realize they are getting too old to fight the League of Heroes, they kidnap and begin training five teens, but James, Lana, Hayden, Emily, and Sam will not become the next generation of evil without a fight.

greatterriblebeauty A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

YA BRAY, L.

After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.

AwakeningThe Awakening by Michael Carroll

YA SF CARROLL, M.

Ten years after the disappearance of superhumans–both heroes and villains–thirteen-year-olds Danny and Colin begin to develop super powers, making them the object of much unwanted attention.

ThingsNotSeenThings Not Seen by Andrew Clements

YA SF CLEMENTS, A.

When fifteen-year-old Bobby wakes up and finds himself invisible, he and his parents and his new blind friend Alicia try to find out what caused his condition and how to reverse it.

Daniel XDangerous Days of Daniel X by James Patterson

YA SF PATTERSON, J.

Fifteen-year-old Daniel has followed in his parents’ footsteps as the Alien Hunter, exterminating beings on The List of Alien Outlaws on Terra Firma, but when he faces his first of the top ten outlaws, the very existence of Earth and another planet are at stake.

GiftsGifts by Ursula K. Le Guin

YA LE GUIN, U.

When a young man in the Uplands blinds himself rather than use his gift of “unmaking”–a violent talent shared by members of his family–he upsets the precarious balance of power among rival, feuding families, each of which has a strange and deadly talent of its own.

GoneGone by Michael Grant

YA GRANT, M.

In a small town on the coast of California, everyone over the age of fourteen suddenly disappears, setting up a battle between the remaining town residents and the students from a local private school, as well as those who have “The Power” and are able to perform supernatural feats and those who do not.

GracelingGraceling by Kristin Cashore

YA CASHORE, K.

In a world where some people are born with extreme and often-feared skills called Graces, Katsa struggles for redemption from her own horrifying Grace, the Grace of killing, and teams up with another young fighter to save their land from a corrupt king.

HeroHero by Perry Moore

YA MOORE, P.

Thom Creed, the gay son of a disowned superhero, finds that he, too, has special powers and is asked to join the very League that rejected his father, and it is there that Thom finds other misfits whom he can finally trust.

Hex HallHex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

YA HAWKINS, R.

When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

naturalsThe Naturals by Jennifer Barnes

YA BARNES, J.

Seventeen-year-old Cassie, who has a natural ability to read people, joins an elite group of criminal profilers at the FBI in order to help solve cold cases.

ShadowlandShadowland by Meg Cabot

YA CABOT, M.

After moving from New York to California with her newly married mother, 16-year-old Susannah has to cope not only with her new stepbrothers, but also with the handsome ghost sitting in her new bedroom and the angry girl ghost haunting her new school.

MidnightTwinsThe Midnight Twins by Jacqueline Mitchard

YA MITCHARD, J.

Identical twins Meredith and Mallory Brynn have always shared one another’s thoughts, even as they dream, but their connection diminishes as they approach their thirteenth birthday, and one begins to see the future, the other the past, leading them to discover that a high school student they know is doing horrible things that place the twins, and others, in grave danger.

SecretHourThe Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld

YA SF WESTERFELD, S.

Upon moving to Bixby, Oklahoma, fifteen-year-old Jessica Day learns that she is one of a group of people who have special abilities that help them fight ancient creatures living in an hour hidden at midnight; creatures that seem determined to destroy Jess.

wakeWake by  Lisa McMann

YA MCMANN, L.

Ever since she was eight years old, high school student Janie Hannagan has been uncontrollably drawn into other people’s dreams, but it is not until she befriends an elderly nursing home patient and becomes involved with an enigmatic fellow-student that she discovers her true power.

ravenboysThe Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

YA STIEFVATER, M.

Though she is from a family of clairvoyants, Blue Sargent’s only gift seems to be that she makes other people’s talents stronger, and when she meets Gansey, one of the Raven Boys from the expensive Aglionby Academy, she discovers that he has talents of his own–and that together their talents are a dangerous mix.

donteventhinkaboutitDon’t Even Think About It by Sarah Mlynowski

YA MLYNOWSKI, S.

A group of Tribeca high school kids go in for flu shots and end up being able to hear what everyone is thinking.

invisibilityInvisibility by Andrea Cremer and David Levithan

YA CREMER, A.

To break his curse of invisibility, a boy is helped by a girl, who is the only one who can see him.

gorgeousGorgeous by Paul Rudnick

YA RUDNICK, P.

When eighteen-year-old Becky Randle’s mother dies, she is whisked away from a trailer park to New York City, where fashion designer Tom Kelly offers to transform her into a glamorous Rebecca, a girl fit for a prince–but soon she begins to fear that she will lose touch with her real self.

Fated1Fated by Alyson Noel

YA NOEL, A.

Strange things are happening to Daire Santos. Crows mock her, glowing people stalk her, time stops without warning, and a beautiful boy with unearthly blue eyes haunts all her dreams. Fearing for her daughter’s sanity, Daire’s mother sends her to live with the grandmother she’s never met, but who recognizes the visions for what they truly are-the call to her destiny as a Soul Seeker-one who can navigate the worlds between the living and dead.

TempestTempest by Julie Cross

YA SF CROSS, J.

After his girlfriend Holly is fatally shot during a violent struggle, nineteen-year-old Jackson uses his supernatural abilities and travels back in time two years, where he falls in love with Holly all over again, learns that his father is a spy, and discovers powerful enemies of time who will stop at nothing to recruit him for their own purposes.

numbersNumbers by Rachel Ward

YA WARD, R.

Fifteen-year-old Jem knows when she looks at someone the exact date they will die, so she avoids relationships and tries to keep out of the way, but when she meets a boy named Spider and they plan a day out together, they become more involved than either of them had planned.

strangeangelsStrange Angels by Lili St. Crow

YA ST. CROW, L.

Sixteen-year-old Dru’s psychic abilities helped her father battle zombies and other creatures of the “Real World,” but now she must rely on herself, a “werwulf”-bitten friend, and a half-human vampire hunter to learn who murdered her parents, and why.

Teen Reads for Veterans Day

warisWar is– : Soldiers, Survivors, and Storytellers Talk About War edited by Marc Aronson and Patty Campbell

YA 810.8035 WAR

An anthology of fiction, speeches, poems, and essays about war.

ThingsBrotherKnowsThings a Brother Knows by Dana Reinhardt

YA REINHARDT, D.

Although they have never gotten along well, seventeen-year-old Levi follows his older brother Boaz, an ex-Marine, on a walking trip from Boston to Washington, D.C. in hopes of learning why Boaz is completely withdrawn.

IfYoureReadingThisIf You’re Reading This by Trent Reedy

YA REEDY, T.

For a responsible sixteen-year-old, Michael Wilson has a lot of problems–his father was killed in Afghanistan in 2005, his overworked and overprotective mother will not talk about their situation, and does not want him playing football, and he has suddenly started to receive letters that his father wrote before his death.

SoldiersHeartSoldier’s Heart by Gary Paulsen

YA PAULSEN, G.

Eager to enlist, fifteen-year-old Charley has a change of heart after experiencing both the physical horrors and mental anguish of Civil War combat.

PurpleHeartPurple Heart by Patricia McCormick

YA MCCORMICK, P.

While recuperating in a Baghdad hospital from a traumatic brain injury sustained during the Iraq War, eighteen-year-old soldier Matt Duffy struggles to recall what happened to him and how it relates to his ten-year-old friend, Ali.

IPledgeAllegianceI Pledge Allegiance by Chris Lynch

YA LYNCH, C.

Four best friends serving in the Vietnam War make a pledge to one another that they will do all they can to return home safely together.

PersonalEffectsPersonal Effects by E.M. Kokie

YA KOKIE, E.

Matt has been sleepwalking through life while seeking answers about his brother T.J.’s death in Iraq, but after discovering that he may not have known his brother as well as he thought he did, Matt is able to stand up to his father, honor T.J.’s memory, and take charge of his own life.

TornTorn by David Massey

YA MASSEY, D.

Only eighteen when she is sent to Afghanistan, British army medic Elinor Nielson is continually at odds with her hard-nosed bunk-mate, Heidi Larson, but connects with a mysterious Afghan girl and local children, as well as an American lieutenant.

SoldierBoysSoldier Boys by Dean Hughes

YA HUGHES, D.

Two boys, one German and one American, are eager to join their respective armies during World War II, and their paths cross at the Battle of the Bulge.

mares warMare’s War by Tanita S. Davis

YA DAVIS, T.

Teens Octavia and Tali learn about strength, independence, and courage when they are forced to take a car trip with their grandmother, who tells about growing up Black in 1940s Alabama and serving in Europe during World War II as a member of the Women’s Army Corps.

HarlemHellfightersThe Harlem Hellfighters by Max Brooks, illustrated by Caanan White

YA GRAPH 940.5403 BRO

This is a graphic novel about the first African-American regiment to fight in World War One.

AboveDreamlessDeadAbove the Dreamless Dead: World War I in Poetry and Comics edited by Chris Duffy

YA GRAPH 940.3 ABO

A collection of World War I poetry interpreted by cartoonists.

Somebody PleaseSomebody, Please Tell Me Who I Am by Harry Mazer and Peter Lerangis

YA MAZER, H.

Wounded in Iraq while his Army unit is on convoy and treated for many months for traumatic brain injury, the first person Ben remembers from his earlier life is his autistic brother.

 

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on November 11, 2014 Categories: Action/Adventure, Fiction, Graphic Novel, Guys Reads, Historical Fiction, Issues, Nonfiction, Realistic Fiction

Back to School, With a Supernatural Twist

Not many of us are excited to go back to school, but if you need a way to make the back to school time of year a little more enjoyable, then check out some of these novels that make school seem more exciting.  Let’s just say these are not your average schools…

zombiequeenZombie Queen of Newbury High by Amanda Ashby

YA ASHBY, A.

While trying to cast a love spell on her date on the eve of the senior prom, Mia inadvertently infects her entire high school class with a virus that will turn them all into zombies.

greatterriblebeautyA Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

YA BRAY, L.

After the suspicious death of her mother in 1895, sixteen-year-old Gemma returns to England, after many years in India, to attend a finishing school where she becomes aware of her magical powers and ability to see into the spirit world.

etiquette espionageEtiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

YA CARRIGER, G.
In an alternate England of 1851, spirited fourteen-year-old Sophronia is enrolled in a finishing school where, she is surprised to learn, lessons include not only the fine arts of dance, dress, and etiquette, but also diversion, deceit, and espionage.

avalonhighAvalon High by Meg Cabot

YA CABOT, M.

Having moved to Annapolis, Maryland, with her medievalist parents, high school junior Ellie enrolls at Avalon High School where several students may or may not be reincarnations of King Arthur and his court.

CrossMyHeartCross My Heart and Hope to Spy by Ally Carter

YA CARTER, A.

Cammie Morgan is a CIA legacy and attends the premier school in the world…for spies. The school hosts some mysterious guests with the code name Blackthorne. When Cammie is blamed for a security breach that threatens to expose the school’s top secret status, she and her friends face danger to clear Cammie’s name and learn the truth about Blackthorne.

jekelhydeJekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

YA FANTASKEY, B.

As seventeen-year-old Jill Jekel and classmate Tristen Hyde work together on a chemistry project, hoping to win a scholarship for her and a cure for his curse, they also uncover family secrets and a chemistry of their own.

Hex HallHex Hall by Rachel Hawkins

YA HAWKINS, R.

When Sophie attracts too much human attention for a prom-night spell gone horribly wrong, she is exiled to Hex Hall, an isolated reform school for wayward Prodigium, a.k.a. witches, faeries, and shapeshifters.

fallenFallen by Lauren Kate

YA KATE, L.

Suspected in the death of her boyfriend, seventeen-year-old Luce is sent to a Savannah, Georgia, reform school where she meets two intriguing boys and learns the truth about the strange shadows that have always haunted her.

legaciesLegacies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill

YA LACKEY, M.

After her family is killed, Spirit White is taken to Oakhurst Academy, a combination orphanage and school for those with magical powers, where she and her new friends investigate when students start mysteriously disappearing.

Vampire AcademyVampire Academy by Richelle Mead

YA MEAD, R.

Two years after a horrible incident made them run away, vampire princess Lissa and her guardian-in-training Rose are found and returned to St. Vladimir’s Academy, where one focuses on mastering magic, the other on physical training, while both try to avoid the perils of gossip, cliques, gruesome pranks, and sinister plots.

Book Trailer of the Week– Conversion by Katherine Howe

This week’s book trailer of the week is for Conversion by Katherine Howe.   Conversion is part medical mystery and inspired by the Salem Witch Trials.  Colleen is in her final semester at St. Joan’s High School, and when some of her fellow classmates begin to fall to a mysterious illness, Colleen researches the similarities between what is happening at her school and what happened back during the Salem Witch Trials.  What Colleen discovers, however, may be more dangerous than her classmates cracking under the pressure of finals.  Click here to find Conversion in the Library!

By Colleen, Teen Services Librarian on August 15, 2014 Categories: Book Trailer, Drama, Fiction, High School, Historical Fiction, Horror, Mystery, Supernatural/Paranormal